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Timelines

Learn how to use Lucidchart to create a sophisticated timeline that will help keep your projects on schedule.

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To get started quickly with timelines, click "More Templates" in the templates banner at the top of the Documents page. Then under the "Other" category, select "Timeline."

Timelines are made up of three primary shapes, the timeline itself, milestones (which indicate a point in the timeline), and intervals that help highlight different sections on a timeline.

You can drag more timelines, either block-style or line-styled, milestones, and intervals from here in the toolbar. With these shapes selected you can also edit the shape properties using the properties bar just like with normal shapes. Intervals and milestones will automatically snap to a timeline, and you’ll notice that milestones will automatically show the date to which they are affixed.

Also, as a note, timelines can be easily stacked on top of each other, if needed. You can activate a timeline’s special options by clicking on it.

A special shape properties bar will appear along the top of the canvas below the normal properties bar. Here you can change the type of timeline between block-style and line-styled.

You can change the start and end dates for the timeline to cover. You can also determine the time interval for the markers to cover, as well as turning these labels on and off (which can be useful if you need to fill in these dates manually or if you are stacking timelines).

Finally, you can determine the format of the labels on your timeline and which of the 6 supported languages you would like your timeline to appear in.

You can visit the Lucidchart Help Center for more on making timelines if you need additional assistance.